una·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce unanimity (audio) \

Definition of unanimity

: the quality or state of being unanimous

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Examples of unanimity in a Sentence

in a rare moment of unanimity the club members decided to throw a party for themselves

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That never happened, for many reasons, most notably the requirement that any such agreement garner unanimity among almost 200 countries, while the US, among others, was inalterably opposed. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The session ended on a note of unity, although not, as the chair noted, unanimity. Seth Masket, Vox, "Race is still the central dividing line in the Democratic Party," 26 Aug. 2018 Last week, politicians from both sides of the aisle were encouraged to wear the shade by members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in an effort to show unanimity with women across the country. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Female Lawmakers Stand Up to the State of the Union in Suffragette White," 6 Feb. 2019 In the weeks following the revelation, the CEO responsible for the Superfish debacle insisted that no threat existed, despite near unanimity among security professionals that the practice was nothing short of reckless. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 The Shakespeare & Company cast had the telepathically tight unanimity of a quasi-resident ensemble, whereas the Public Theater cast feels more like seven really good actors who’ve come together to do a play. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Mother of the Maid’ Review: A Simple Woman’s Special Child," 1 Nov. 2018 Behind the scenes and with remarkable unanimity diplomats from Iran, the West and Gulf countries have urged Iraq’s politicians to unite before the country implodes. The Economist, "Burnt votes and an election recount might plunge Iraq into crisis," 14 June 2018 There have been subsequent reports and testimony and unanimity of conclusions about the role the Russians played — not just tried to play, but played. Washington Post, "Mueller’s new indictments put the pressure on Trump to act," 17 Feb. 2018 Normally, unanimity in the House of Commons is reserved for uncontroversial topics. The Economist, "A culture war comes to Westminster," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of unanimity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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